Skardal Biofabrication Lab

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Our research program focuses on the design and implementation of extracellular matrix-inspired hydrogel biomaterials for the biofabrication of tissue and tumor organoids, organ-on-a-chip systems, and cancer-on-a-chip systems for drug screening, disease modeling, and personalized medicine. Our team’s work has broad applicability across tissue types and diseases but has focused primarily in development of cancer models and recently neural models. Our biomaterial systems are largely hyaluronic acid-based with additional custom ECM component addons, synthetically modified in the lab. These are often combined with microfluidic devices for fluid handling capabilities. In particular, we have a significant interest in patient biospecimen-derived models that can facilitate and improve current precision medicine and precision oncology efforts in the clinic.

double-arrowOhio State Lab Members

Hema Sivakumar, MS

Hema Sivakumar, MS

Research Associate

Thomas Depalma, BSc

Thomas Depalma, BSc

PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering

Kylie Nairon, BSc

Kylie Nairon, BSc

PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering

double-arrowWake Forest School of Medicine Lab Members

Andrea Mazzocchi, BSc

Andrea Mazzocchi, BSc

PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering

Steven Forsythe, MS

Steven Forsythe, MS

PhD Student, Cancer Biology

Shiny Rajan, MS

Shiny Rajan, MS

PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering

Casey Clark, BSc

Casey Clark, BSc

PhD Student, Biomedical Engineering

double-arrowFormer Lab Members

Julio Aleman, BSc

Julio Aleman, BSc

Current: PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh

Hesh Devarasetty, PhD

Hesh Devarasetty, PhD

Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

Connor Huntwork, BSc

Connor Huntwork, BSc

Current: PhD Student, University of Wisconsin

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